Sahara Hare (1955) — Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

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Sahara Hare

Sahara Hare

CotD: The new Looney Tunes theme music begins with “Sahara Hare, a hare of Bugs and Sheik Riff Raff Sam in the desert.

Sahara Hare (1955) — Looney Tunes The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

While dig­ging a tun­nel head­ing for Miami Beach, Bugs some­how ends up in the Sahara Desert. He trudges through the desert and sees a mirage. He dives in the mirage and takes a bath.

After get­ting “footy prints” all over the Sahara, he meets up with bed­sheeted ban­dit “Sheik Riff Raff Sam” (played by Yosemite Sam, of course), who rides through the desert on his mis­guided, hump­backed camel. Sam, with towel-dispensing head­dress, runs Bugs down. Bugs is dry­ing his eyes and uses Sam’s head­dress as a towel. Sam stops his camel from charg­ing by hit­ting him over the head, thus giv­ing him another hump. He also tells the ani­mal, “Whoa, mule, whoa, mule!” Sam chases Bugs into a nearby deserted For­eign Legion fortress, bat­tling Bugs in an unsuc­cess­ful attempt to get in (Bugs locks him out).

Sam tries to get an ele­phant to charge the door. Bugs releases a mouse, and the ele­phant flees. Sam tries to enter by pole vault­ing, chis­el­ing out one of the blocks, and try­ing to approach the fort with stilts (he smacks into a rock wall). Sam makes a giant sling­shot using two trees and a rub­ber band; it throws him into a big tree. He finds a secret (labeled!) entrance and opens one door after the other till the last one, which is con­nected to explo­sives. Daffy Duck shows up at the very end.

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